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2013 Viewing

by Morgen Ruff
An ongoing compendium of films I’ve seen in 2013. The upper section shows the order in which I saw the films, the list itself is a loose ranking, descending in terms of favorites. An asterisk (*) ahead of the title indicates a theatrical viewing. A carat (^) ahead indicates a repeat viewing (these films won’t appear on the list proper, as I’d like to rank only those films that I’ve seen for the first time this year). A forward slash (/) ahead indicates a short (1-30 mins.) film. A plus sign (+) ahead indicates a medium length (31-60 mins.) film. January: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (1973, Peter Yates, U.S.) — 7/10 *THE KID (1921, Charles… Read more

An ongoing compendium of films I’ve seen in 2013. The upper section shows the order in which I saw the films, the list itself is a loose ranking, descending in terms of favorites.

An asterisk (*) ahead of the title indicates a theatrical viewing.
A carat (^) ahead indicates a repeat viewing (these films won’t appear on the list proper, as I’d like to rank only those films that I’ve seen for the first time this year).
A forward slash (/) ahead indicates a short (1-30 mins.) film.
A plus sign (+) ahead indicates a medium length (31-60 mins.) film.

January:

THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (1973, Peter Yates, U.S.) — 7/10
*THE KID (1921, Charles Chaplin, U.S.) — 9/10 (with Marc Ribot live score)
*SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2011, Malik Bendjelloul, Sweden/UK) — 6/10
CAT PEOPLE (1942, Jacques Tourneur, U.S.) — 7/10
LONESOME (1928, Paul Fejos, U.S.) — 8/10
THE ORDER OF MYTHS (2008, Margaret Brown, U.S.) — 8/10

February:

*BLANCANIEVES (2012, Pablo Berger, Spain) — 5/10
*TABU (2012, Miguel Gomes, Portugal) — 9/10
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2011, Alison Klayman, U.S./China) — 8/10
THE RETURN (2003, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia) — 9/10
ELENA (2011, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia) — 7/10
*TWO YEARS AT SEA (2011, Ben Rivers, U.K.) — 7/10

March:

*LEVIATHAN (2012, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Párável, U.S.) — 10/10
*BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (2012, Benh Zietlin, U.S.) — 4/10
^GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, David Gordon Green, U.S.) — 7/10
*EMPTY QUARTER (2011, Pam Minty and Alain LeTourneau, U.S.) — 8/10 (not on Mubi)
DAY OF WRATH (1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark) — 8/10
NIGHT NURSE (1931, William A. Wellman, U.S.) — 7/10
*^THE LADY EVE (1941, Preston Sturges, U.S.) — 10/10
*^FORTY GUNS (1957, Sam Fuller, U.S.) — 9/10
*SCREENING ROOM (State for Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR) (1968-, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 6/10
*MELTING (1964, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 5/10 (not on Mubi)
*OLIVIA’S PLACE (1966/74, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 9/10
*- — (1966-67, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 10/10 (not on Mubi)
*PARENTHESES () (2003, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 10/10 (not on Mubi)
*PRODUCTION STILLS (1970, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 10/10 (not on Mubi)
*CUE ROLLS (1974, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 7/10 (not on Mubi)
*EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER (1975, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 10/10

April:

*STANDARD GAUGE (1984, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 10/10
*PROTECTIVE COLORATION (1979, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 8/10 (not on Mubi)
*^LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (2003, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 10/10
THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932, Erle Kenton, U.S.) — 5/10
*PROJECTION INSTRUCTIONS (1976, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 7/10 (not on Mubi)
*PICTURE AND SOUND RUSHES (1973, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 6/10 (not on Mubi)
*PRODUCTION FOOTAGE (1971, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 6/10 (not on Mubi)
*THE WILKINSON HOUSEHOLD FIRE ALARM (1973, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 5/10 (not on Mubi)
*THE DIRECTOR AND HIS ACTOR LOOKING AT FOOTAGE SHOWING PREPARATIONS FOR AN UNMADE FILM (2) (1968, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 9/10 (not on Mubi)
*DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE (1968, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 7/10 (not on Mubi)
*PHI PHENOMENON (1968, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 6/10 (not on Mubi)
*GET OUT OF THE CAR (2010, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 9/10
*TURNING OVER (1975, Morgan Fisher, U.S.) — 8/10 (not on Mubi)
*RECONVERSÃO (2012, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 9/10
SHERMAN’S MARCH (1986, Ross McElwee, U.S.) — 10/10
VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION (1992, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Germany/Romania) — 9/10
PLATFORM (2000, Jia Zhang-ke, China) — 9/10
CAFÉ LUMIÈRE (2003, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan) — 7/10

May:

*^CHOCOLAT (1988, Claire Denis, France) — 9/10
^CLOSE-UP (1990, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran) — 10/10

June:

*RED HOLLYWOOD (1995, Thom Andersen and Noël Burch, U.S.) — 9/10
*BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012, Peter Strickland, U.K./Italy) — 7/10

July:

THE PROFESSIONALS (1966, Richard Brooks, U.S.) — 6/10
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960, John Sturges, U.S.) — 6/10
VERA CRUZ (1954, Robert Aldrich, U.S.) — 9/10

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